Anthropology: Material Culture

  • The Archaeology of Portable Art: Southeast Asian, Pacific, and Australian Perspectives book cover

    The Archaeology of Portable Art

    Southeast Asian, Pacific, and Australian Perspectives, 1st Edition

    Edited by Michelle Langley, Mirani Litster, Duncan Wright, Sally K May

    The development of complex cultural behaviour in our own species is perhaps the most significant research issue in modern archaeology. Until recently, it was believed that our capacity for language and art only developed after some of our ancestors reached Europe around 40,000 years ago.…

    Hardback – 2018-05-03
    Routledge

  • Graffiti and Street Art: Reading, Writing and Representing the City book cover

    Graffiti and Street Art

    Reading, Writing and Representing the City, 1st Edition

    Edited by Konstantinos Avramidis, Myrto Tsilimpounidi

    Graffiti and street art images are ubiquitous, and they enjoy a very special place in collective imaginary due to their ambiguous nature. Sometimes enigmatic in meaning, often stylistically crude and aesthetically aggressive, yet always visually arresting, they fill our field of vision with texts…

    Paperback – 2018-05-02
    Routledge

  • Linguistic and Material Intimacies of Cell Phones book cover

    Linguistic and Material Intimacies of Cell Phones

    1st Edition

    Edited by Joshua A. Bell, Joel C. Kuipers

    Linguistic and Material Intimacies of Cell Phones offers a detailed ethnographic and anthropological examination of the social, cultural, linguistic and material aspects of cell phones. With contributions from an international range of established and emerging scholars, this is a truly global…

    Hardback – 2018-04-12
    Routledge

  • Language and Classification: Meaning-Making in the Classification and Categorization of Ceramics book cover

    Language and Classification

    Meaning-Making in the Classification and Categorization of Ceramics, 1st Edition

    By Allison Burkette

    This volume adopts a practice-based approach to examine the different ways in which classification is communicated and negotiated in different environments within archaeology. The book looks specifically at the archaeological classification of ceramics as a lens through which to examine the…

    Hardback – 2018-02-07
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Sociolinguistics

  • Anthropology and Beauty: From Aesthetics to Creativity book cover

    Anthropology and Beauty

    From Aesthetics to Creativity, 1st Edition

    Edited by Stephanie Bunn

    Organised around the theme of beauty, this innovative collection offers insight into the development of anthropological thinking on art, aesthetics and creativity in recent years. The volume incorporates current work on perception and generative processes, and seeks to move beyond a purely…

    Hardback – 2018-01-25
    Routledge

  • The Thing about Museums: Objects and Experience, Representation and Contestation book cover

    The Thing about Museums

    Objects and Experience, Representation and Contestation, 1st Edition

    Edited by Sandra Dudley, Amy Jane Barnes, Jennifer Binnie, Julia Petrov, Jennifer Walklate

    The Things about Museums constitutes a unique, highly diverse collection of essays unprecedented in existing books in either museum and heritage studies or material culture studies. Taking varied perspectives and presenting a range of case studies, the chapters all address objects in the context of…

    Paperback – 2017-12-18
    Routledge

  • Unpacking IKEA: Swedish Design for the Purchasing Masses book cover

    Unpacking IKEA

    Swedish Design for the Purchasing Masses, 1st Edition

    By Pauline Garvey

    This book represents the first anthropological ethnography of Ikea consumption and goes to the heart of understanding the unique and at times frantic popularity of this one iconic transnational store. Based on a year of participant observation in Stockholm’s Kungens Kurva store – the largest in the…

    Paperback – 2017-11-23
    Routledge
    CRESC

  • Collecting and Displaying China's “Summer Palace” in the West: The Yuanmingyuan in Britain and France book cover

    Collecting and Displaying China's “Summer Palace” in the West

    The Yuanmingyuan in Britain and France, 1st Edition

    Edited by Louise Tythacott

    In October 1860, at the culmination of the Second Opium War, British and French troops looted and destroyed one of the most important palace complexes in imperial China—the Yuanmingyuan. Known in the West as the "Summer Palace," this site consisted of thousands of buildings housing a vast art…

    Hardback – 2017-10-31
    Routledge
    The Histories of Material Culture and Collecting, 1700-1950

  • Primitive Labour book cover

    Primitive Labour

    1st Edition

    By L.H. Dudley Buxton

    Originally published in 1924, Dudley Buxton explores the evolution of primitive societies in relation to labour. This is mostly done by studying primitive inventions to try and understand how each of these inventions was used to contribute to everyday living and to develop the society’s material…

    Paperback – 2017-10-18
    Routledge
    Routledge Revivals

  • The Agency of Things in Medieval and Early Modern Art: Materials, Power and Manipulation book cover

    The Agency of Things in Medieval and Early Modern Art

    Materials, Power and Manipulation, 1st Edition

    Edited by Grażyna Jurkowlaniec, Ika Matyjaszkiewicz, Zuzanna Sarnecka

    This volume explores the late medieval and early modern periods from the perspective of objects. While the agency of things has been studied in anthropology and archaeology, it is an innovative approach for art historical investigations. Each contributor takes as a point of departure active things:…

    Hardback – 2017-10-04
    Routledge
    Routledge Research in Art History

  • Anthropology and/as Education book cover

    Anthropology and/as Education

    1st Edition

    By Tim Ingold

    There is more to education than teaching and learning, and more to anthropology than making studies of other people’s lives. Here Tim Ingold argues that both anthropology and education are ways of studying, and of leading life, with others. In this provocative book, he goes beyond an exploration of…

    Paperback – 2017-09-06
    Routledge

  • Commodities and Culture in the Colonial World book cover

    Commodities and Culture in the Colonial World

    1st Edition

    Edited by Supriya Chaudhuri, Josephine McDonagh, Brian H. Murray, Rajeswari Sunder Rajan

    Commodity, culture and colonialism are intimately related and mutually constitutive. The desire for commodities drove colonial expansion at the same time that colonial expansion fuelled technological invention, created new markets for goods, displaced populations and transformed local and…

    Hardback – 2017-08-30
    Routledge
    Intersections: Colonial and Postcolonial Histories

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